ISTC Illinois Science & Technology Coalition


Medical Innovation and Health Information Technology

From robotic surgery to the use of nanotechnology in therapy, the pioneering Medical Innovation that is occurring in Illinois offers a promising pathway to drive enhanced quality of care, impact treatment costs and create jobs throughout the country.

As home to over 200 institutions of higher education and headquarters for many national and international pharmaceutical companies, Illinois is a primary source for advancing innovative medical treatments and technologies. According to Research! America, Illinois ranks second in economic activity per dollar of National Institutions of Health (NIH)funding at $2.43 per dollar of NIH funding. That equates to an estimated $1.85 billion of business activity and nearly 12,000 jobs.

Improving the quality of care for patients requires real-time information sharing between providers and consumers.  Health Information Technology has the potential to enhance access to patient records and provide a digital platform. The accelerated implementation of electronic health information will be accompanied by tremendous innovation and Illinois providers and consumers will drive the rate of change.

To learn more about the latest developments in Medical Innovation and Health Information Technology please read further in this edition of ISTC Catalyst.

Watch & Listen

Astellas: New Cancer Research Brings Hope NUVention Medical Innovation at Northwestern University



Medical Innovation

Designing a Novel Ocular Drug Delivery, By: Jennifer J. Kang-Mieler, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

UIC and Vanguard Bring Comprehensive Cancer Care to MacNeal Hospital

National Institutes of Health Award $20 Million Grant to Transform Clinical Research at UIC

Scientific Progress Spurs Research Into Record Number of Cancer Medicines at PhRMA

New Diabetes Technology is Giving New Normalcy to Patients at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago

University of Illinois Researchers use Nanomedicine for Cancer Targeting

University of Illinois Invention of Rapid MRI with High Motion Tolerance Helps Patients Who are Prone to Excessive Movement

Baxter CEO and Chairman Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. Discuss the Impact of Cost Constraints on Healthcare Innovation

University of Illinois Researchers uses Nanomedicine with Controlled Size for Improved Drug Delivery

Loyola University Chicago Clinical Trial to Test Nonsurgical Alternative to Open-Heart Valve Operation

University of Illinois Innovation to Change How Scientists Treat MRSA

UIC Researchers use Novel Stem Cell Research Tool and an Anti-Cancer Therapeutic Target Utilizing the NANOG Pathway

Southern Illinois University Medical School Receives Federal Grant Funding to Investigate New Mechanism that Modifies Small Nucleic Acids Called Micro RNA

NIH Awards $1.3 Million Grant to Loyola University Chicago Researcher to Study Critical Heart Protein

Joe Miletich, President for Research & Development at Amgen Explains the Importance of Pharmaceutical R&D and Innovation

Amgen and UCB Announce Strong Results From Study on New Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Treatment

Health Information Technology

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Named Among "100 Most Wired" Hospitals

The Rush Transformation: Transforming Care through New Technology

Robots Touch Patients' Hearts at Central DuPage Hospital

Electronic Medical Records Poised to Cut Costs, Improve Patient Care


More News

2011 Impact Investing Summit
June 13, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago Innovation Awards
For the 10th consecutive year, the awards will celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region by honoring the city’s most innovative new products and services.
Nominations Due July 31!



We encourage you to submit ideas for future issues of ISTC Catalyst.

In June 2011, ISTC Catalyst will feature Illinois R&D Innovators.

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